Another day, another study showing promising medical effects of cannabis. Today, the ailment in question is Crohn’s disease, a chronic illness which inflames the gastrointestinal system and causes many serious and painful symptoms including severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. While there is no known cure for Crohn’s, in recent years researchers have discovered a few treatments which can be effective in some patients and even cause remission.
And on Wednesday, the medical journal Healio published a study on another agent which has been found effective in treating the disease: cannabis oil containing both CBD and THC.
According to the study, while use of cannabis oil has not been observed to improve “inflammatory markers,” patients who consume it do show a “trend toward inflammation improvement,” as well as “symptomatic and quality of life improvement.”
“The take-home massage [sic.] would be that cannabis may help the patients feel better but is not a replacement of conventional medical therapy,” said Timna Naftali, MD, of the Meir Hospital and Kupat Holim Clinic, Tel Aviv University. “It should be used as an adjuvant to other treatments in appropriate cases.”
Patients in the study took a combination of THC and CBD. According to the study, “On average, daily consumption was 66 mg THC, 222 mg CBD,” which makes for a pretty pleasant days for the research subjects (except the unlucky ones in the controlled placebo group).
Patients who took the cannabis, not surprisingly, showed improvements in mood, sleep, bloating, and pain, but suffered when it came to tests of alertness, concentration, and memory.
The results of the study were announced recently at UEG Week in Vienna, a mega conference of the gastrointestinal community widely reported on all over the world.
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